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Subject:More running
Time:01:28 am
I bought a replacement heart rate monitor strap for my Forerunner, since I couldn't find the old one. (This means, of course, that I will find the old one within the next day, guaranteed.) I'm a data geek, so measuring my runs makes me happy as a... well, as a geek in a pile of data.

I was scheduled to do C25K W3D1 today, but I decided to go off-program instead. Inspired by my non-ice cream run the other day, I decided to just run down to Broadway and Embarcadero, walk for a while to cool off, then run back home if I could.

I could. I did. I seem to have managed to slow myself down to only about .6MPH faster than I did the last C25K. I'm good with that.

I'm right on the edge of what I consider an acceptable heart rate. Actually, I'm slightly over where I want to be, but not into a zone that I would consider dangerous-- for the last 1.5 minutes or so of the run home, I was 5-10BPM above where I want to be. This tells me that I should go back to where I was in the C25K and work my way up. I'm good with that too.

Bluetooth headphones are winging their way to me from Amazon right now.

Note to self: don't run in a thong.
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ronsrants
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Time:2012-02-09 04:27 pm (UTC)
Note to you: Don't wear underwear when running.

-R
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chrishartman
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Time:2012-02-09 05:48 pm (UTC)
+1. Good running shorts are designed for this.
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chrishartman
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Time:2012-02-09 05:48 pm (UTC)
Heart rate is extremely variable between people, as much as height. You probably know this and have based your "what I considerable an acceptable heart rate ... not ... dangerous" on something more than the various rules of thumb you find on the web, but I thought I'd mention it anyway. (In particular, that "maximum heart rate = 220-age" is baloney.)

I tend to go by the often quoted "should be able to have a conversation while running" rule for light training runs. Oddly, my heart rate while doing this (which is pretty much always the same speed) varies from 135 to 165, depending on the day. (It's under 60 at rest, and both marathons I've run have been 160 to 170 for the entire 4+ hours - I can keep it over 170 for 20 minutes on a hard run.)

I guess basically I'm saying that I'm a data whore too, but you should just run with what feels good, and ignore the data while doing so.
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whipartist
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Time:2012-02-09 06:11 pm (UTC)
My range is based on various rules of thumb plus what I think feels right for me. When I was running on a treadmill I would check my heart rate fairly often, both for when I felt good and for when I felt like I was pushing too hard. What I learned is that mid to high 140s is the top of my comfort range.

When I tagged the front door last night I felt like I had done a little bit too much. The heart rate monitor said I was at 156. When my data line up with my gut and with general guidelines, I tend to trust them.
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chrishartman
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Time:2012-02-10 01:25 am (UTC)
Yeah, as I said, I figured you were using common sense. You just set off my rant about "recommended heart rate" even though you didn't even imply you were using the typical suggestions.

I feel like that "220-your age" number is akin to saying "You should buy these pants, because the average woman is this height and weight."
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byronium
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Time:2012-02-11 12:13 am (UTC)
No, you definitely want shoes that provide an adequate level of support.
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